I should probably mention that I know I can delete unwanted digital video clips taken with the new Canon camcorder. My kid is doing competitive skiing and we sometimes record another skier by accident. I can just delete that file. On other times, my wife has recorded a large chunk of video of him at the top of the mountain waiting to go down the half pipe. After they call his name, he makes the run, but the video clip of that run might have an extra two minutes of .MOV video I'd like to trim off the clip. I am assuming I could just drag that long clip to the timeline, trim the unwanted part and then re-render the clip as an .AVI file, then delete the long digital .MOV clip? Is there a better way?
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What is the CODEC and specs. of those MOV files? If necessary, the great free utility, G-Spot, can tell you. Where I am going with this is the Trimming of your MOV footage, so that you can still edit it, as well as is possible later.
As for the workflow, I would look into investing in an external HDD. If at all possible, I would go with FireWire-400 at a minimum (not USB). FW-800 would be better, and eSATA, better still. When you do Trim your MOV Clips, you'd Export/Share these to the external, into folders that identify the footage, either by date, subject, etc.
As stated in the other thread, when doing the digitizing of the older tapes, either an A-D (Analog to Digital) bridge, or with a video camera, with pass through capabilities. When you transfer to DVD-Video, you have compressed that material greatly, and the result will not edit nearly as well as DV-AVI footage from the Capture will.
As DV-AVI footage takes up ~ 13GB/hour of Duration, you can see that you will need additional storage space, hence the rec. for the external HDD.
Good luck, and let us know all about those MOV files.
I am in good shape with external hard drives with around 13TB of storage currently connected to this machine. I have a bunch more firewire drives in a box on the floor offline. Premiere opens and edits the Canon .MOV files (frustrating they'd create an oddball file format as the default video format) One site I found said to just rename the extension to .AVI, but that didn't work as expected on another computer. This Windows 7 Dell is opening and playing them fine.
After posting the question, I found a "similar" question in the box to the right and read over those reponses. You mentioned taking 32 VHS tapes and distilling them down to one or two DVDs for a client. That's close to what I need to do.
I'd more likely tackle one or two VHS tapes at a time, vs trying to do it to all 40 tapes in bulk. Capture, trim, and save the best clips, then burn the DVD and delete all the unnecessary old raw footage.
With costs of data storage perpetually falling I'd suggest you archive all that footage. The first thing I normally do (with still pictures) is copy them to CD or DVD. Then, no matter what processing occurs, I always have the original available. As far as video goes I'm at a halfway house of storing to external drives. Once Blu-Ray costs fall to a reasonable level I will use them for storage.
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